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Jun

2018

Quick Hits - June 20, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

ASE’s salary budget survey is now open:  Please participate.  For more information, or to request your organization’s participation materials, contact ASE’s Survey team at 248.223.8051 or Surveys@aseonline.org.

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Jun

2018

Quick Hits - June 13, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Available jobs outnumber unemployed workers: The U.S. had more job openings this spring than unemployed Americans.  For the first time since such record-keeping began in 2000, the number of available positions exceeded the number of job seekers, the Labor Department said, a shift that is rippling across the economy and affecting the behavior of employers and workers.  

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Jun

2018

Quick Hits - June 6, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Supreme Court rules for baker who refused to bake a custom wedding cake ordered from a same-sex couple: The court, voting 7-2, vacated a lower court ruling in backing the state's discrimination charges against bakery owner Jack Phillips. 

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Jun

2018

Social Media Reveals FMLA Misuse

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although employers are cautioned to tread social media lightly, it can be a useful tool to confirm an injury or illness when an employee is claiming disability and/or FMLA.

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May

2018

Work Doesn’t Have to be a Drag This Summer – Make it Fun!

Author: Heather Nezich

School might be letting out soon, but most workplaces continue throughout the season with no break.  With summers being so short here in Michigan, some employers offer special, summer-only perks to add some fun over the summer.

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May

2018

Quick Hits May 30, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Layoffs gaining scrutiny for age discrimination by EEOC: Nearly three years after a chip maker launched a series of layoffs that cut more than 10,000 employees globally, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Seattle office is working to determine whether the job cuts were discriminatory. 

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May

2018

Quick Hits - May 23, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

The Supreme Court decision on on-line gambling: Employers may have to review their computer and online usage policies.  The Supreme Court approved New Jersey’s law for online sports gambling.  It is expected that more states will pass laws similar to New Jersey, as many could use the new revenue source.  

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May

2018

Quick Hits - May 16, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Workers value community in the workplace: About half (47%) of part- or full-time employees value a community atmosphere in the place where they work, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research, ratings, and reviews company. 

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May

2018

How to Handle an Employee “Vent Letter”

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

If you’ve been in HR long enough, you have probably received an employee “vent letter.”  An employee “vent letter” is a letter written by a former or departing employee detailing a list of complaints or concerns about the organization.   These concerns have not been previously expressed either to their supervisor or during the exit interview process.  They can come in the form of a casual email or something that has the look and feel of a...

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May

2018

Quick Hits - May 9, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

What type of compensation is subject to garnishments? The DOL Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued an opinion letter as to what types of employer lump sum payments (such as bonuses, referrals, severances, and commissions) can be garnished subject to the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) for child support payments. 

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May

2018

Quick Hits - May 2, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

FMLA required breaks generally do not need to be paid: In an Opinion Letter issued by U.S. Wage and Hour, the employer asks if an employee is entitled to be paid for 15-minute breaks regardless of how many breaks the employee takes throughout the day as required by medical necessity (in this case two hours of breaks). 

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Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 25, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

EEO-1 reporting extended to June 1:  With a number of problems reported with the tool as well as customer service, the EEOC has extended the filing deadline to June 1.

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Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 18, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Defamation in the air: There’s a reason why corporate HR is tight-lipped about former employees. Calling to check a potential new hire’s reference? Good luck getting more than dates of employment. The reason: defamation. 

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Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 11, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Major disconnect between employees and managers on value of performance reviews: Reflektive, the real-time performance management cloud company, today announced the results of a new study that reveals a massive disconnect between employees’ and business leaders’ perspectives on the current state of performance feedback and management. 

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Apr

2018

Scheduling Pregnancy Japanese Style?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Americans are often amazed at the various work practices found in other parts of the world.  For many global U.S. companies, it is especially difficult to be local yet remain global in practice and still abide by U.S laws and standards.  Work culture often varies depending on the nationality of the ownership of the company.

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Apr

2018

Myths Surrounding Background Checks

Author: Susan Chance

Never judge a book by its cover.   When it comes to selecting the best candidates to work for your company, going deeper than just face value should be a routine practice.  Yet, according to a 2017 CareerBuilder survey that outlines myths around background checks, not all companies or workers understand the process.

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Apr

2018

Quick Hits - April 4, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Michigan prohibits ban-the-box: Michigan law now prohibits local government entities from implementing so-called “ban-the-box” provisions, under a 2015 law (Public Act 105). 

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Mar

2018

Quick Hits - March 28, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

DOL budget maintains current spending levels:  The much anticipated budget appropriations for the Department of Labor and its divisions were included within the omnibus. The DOL essentially maintained its current funding levels for FY19, receiving a 1% increase to $12.2B. 

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Mar

2018

Quick Hits - March 21, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Look out for OFCCP scheduling letters:  OFCCP previously sent out 1,000 courtesy (CSAL) letters to specific contractor locations generically addressed to the Human Resources Director to inform contractors if they will be audited or not. 

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Mar

2018

Quick Hits - March 14, 2018

Author: Heather Nezich

Do you have operations in England? Pay equity reporting time coming up soon: The United Kingdom is moving ahead with its pay equity initiative. By no later than April 5, private employers with at least 250 employees in England, Scotland, and Wales must report and publish their pay gap data identifying where there is a gender-based pay gap in different job categories.

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Mar

2018

Workplace Monitoring Technology Getting Too Close for Comfort

Author: Michael Burns

For each advancement in work monitoring technology, personal privacy dissipates, and legal concerns grow. Security cameras, computer software that monitors keystrokes and computer use, and key fob sensors are now considered old compared to what is now available.

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Mar

2018

Quick Hits - March 7, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Time Change coming up March 11th: Set your clocks forward one hour Sunday morning (March 11). Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson in 1895, and its use in the U.S. was first mandated during World War I. 

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Feb

2018

Quick Hits - February 28, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Browning-Ferris Industries joint responsibility ruling still good law:  The National Labor Relations Board (3-0, Member Emanuel did not participate) issued an order vacating the Board's decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd. and Brandt Construction Co., 365 NLRB No. 156 (2017).

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Feb

2018

Quick Hits - February 21, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Silver medal recruiting taking hold:  Employers focusing on silver medalists are becoming winners. The term isn’t just for Olympians: It’s what some employers call job candidates they almost hired but passed over for someone else. 

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Feb

2018

Quick Hits - February 14, 2018

Author: ASE Staff

Offering telemedicine could raise employer issues: Offering telemedicine services to employees can raise a number of legal issues, the most common being compliance with federal laws such as ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA, as well as state laws concerning medical licensure and practice and informed consent.  
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